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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

"Faith In America"

Faith In America
“Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.
”  Proverbs 14:34

     (This devotion is taken from J.C. Penny’s book Lines of a Layman.)

    Nothing has ever shaken my faith in America and in the American way of life.  I believe that this country is the greatest country on earth, but I am more concerned that it should be the best.  I believe in American freedom and democracy, and I want freedom and democracy to increase.  I want its benefits and opportunities to reach into every section of land, into every group, into every home and to the last man, woman, and child.  I believe that what we have under our flag and what we are striving to achieve has been divinely ordained and that God has an even greater mission for America among the nations of the world.
    The United States was founded in prayer, in faith and in the spirit of sacrifice.  Our God-fearing Founding Fathers were ready to lay down their lives for freedom to worship God according to the dictates of their own consciences.  They even made the supreme sacrifice upon fields of battle to support their beliefs and to pass freedom on to their children and their children’s children.
    So far as the future is concerned, our national fate will be determined by our choice of the hard right rather than the easy wrong.  Spiritual as well as physical muscles become flabby when they are not exercised.  Dr. Ira Landreth, a former president of Ward-Belmont College in Nashville, Tennessee, once said:  “We need moral muscles for mighty tasks.”  Neither men nor nations develop muscles adequate for mighty tasks unless they use them.  Let us choose the hard right.  This will be our daily contribution in helping to make America strong.

Study verses:  Exodus 15:26; Deuteronomy 12:28, 21:9; I Kings 11:38; Ezekiel 18:21; 33:14-16; Amos 3:10, 11

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Previous devotions

"Slow To Anger; Great In Power" - June 30, 2010
"He Is Precious" - June 23, 2010

"The Fire of Strife" - June 16, 2010
"The Common Man" - June 9, 2010
"In My Prosperity I Said I Shall Not Be Moved" - June 2, 2010
"Cast Thy Burden Upon The Lord" - May 26, 2010
"God, That Comforteth Those That Are Cast Down" - May 19, 2010
"The People That Do Know Their God Shall Be Strong" - May 12, 2010
"A Tribute To My Mother" - May 5, 2010
"Criticism" - April 28, 2010
"Six Principles For Daily Living" - April 21, 2010
"Faith Through Trial" - April 14, 2010
"We Admire" - April 8, 2010

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